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Plugin Breakdown: Universal Audio 1073

What’s up, guys? Welcome to a new video.

In this one I thought we’d take a look at this new 1073 plug-in from UAD. It came out about a week ago. It utilizes the unison technology for Apollo users. It emulates the classics 1073 preamp and EQ.

It sounds really great. I thought I’d put it through it’s paces a little bit here. I’m not going to get super, super in depth and do shootouts with it, but I’ve got it on some guitars, because that’s what I always love to use these things on, and thought we’d listen to it.

First I’ll play you the track, and then we’ll kind of get into the plug-in and listen to some stuff.

So here we go.


Okay. So I have this on a buss for these electric guitars. This is a stereo unit.

I will say this thing hits your DSP like a dump truck. It takes up a lot of resources. Keep that in mind when you’re using it. If you’re looking at putting 20 of these things down in your session, you’re probably not going to get 20 of them. You may be able to squeeze four or five or something like that out just depending on sample rate and if you’re using mono or stereo instances.

If you’ve never used a 1073 before, just a quick rundown of controls here at the top, the red knob, you have line or mic input gain, so if you want to use the line side, you click line, if you want to use mic, click the mic section, and then you can flip through stuff. I’ll put this back where it was.

It’s got a fixed high shelf. The middle band is a bell curve. Just click. It’s sort of — the knobs are sort of stacked, so this outer ring is going to select a frequency, and the center ring will select if you’re boosting or cutting.

Bottom band is a low shelf from 35 up to 220Hz, and then the blue knob at the bottom is your high pass filter, which off, drag it up to 300, you’ve got what’s that, 50, 80, and 160. 80 is usually my magic spot for guitars.

Then you have — you know, you can kick the EQ in and out. Then you have phase reverse as well.

On the right if you’re using the Unison technology, it’s got some impedance settings, it’s got a pad if you need it. The cool thing about this is when you mix, you can drive it hard and then back gain off here at the output level, or you also have this fader here. You also have power off and on, just like you would on the real thing.

This thing sounds really good. My first instincts when I heard it was it sounded really open. A little more open on the top end than the other emulations do. Let’s just listen to it. No EQing or anything going on. I’ll bypass it back and forth.



Definitely kind of has that Neve thing to it. I like what it does. There was some saturation going on, so that is one option if you’re looking to just get a different color to a sound, this would be a great way to do it.

Now let’s play with some EQing.

[guitar, adjusting EQ]

Get some more saturation on the line side.



Really enjoy this plug-in. I have tracked some vocals through it as well, and it sounds really great. It’s a totally killer option for Apollo users, especially if you can’t afford to drop three G’s+ on a pair of these hardware units to have.

This gets you really, really close, whether or not it sounds like an actual hardware unit, I don’t know, I don’t really care. I think this sounds great. I think it’s an awesome option. I think I’m probably going to be using it on a lot of my projects.

You know, the line — the drive knob sort of distorts like I expect it to. We can play with that for a second here.

[guitar, adjusting drive]

Flip it over to the mic side.

[guitar, adjusting drive]

Really crazy, really fast, pretty brutal sounding. Probably not going to use that in every mix you ever do, but if you’re looking for that sound, this plug-in can do it.

So check this out for yourself, go demo it. Let me know what you think. Leave a comment down below if you’re still watching, and I will pick one person and I will give them a copy of our new multi-tracks bundle over at the website. A bunch of stems. You can download, go check them out.

Other than that, I’ll see you guys in the next video. Like, subscribe, find me on Facebook, all of that stuff, and you guys have a good week. Later.




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